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Last Edited by mlacey3 November 10, 2015 at 09:48 AM
$139 After $20 mail in rebate.
New Egg [newegg.com] has SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 285 100374ITXOCL 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card ITX COMPACT OC Edition (UEFI). Great for a small powerful form factor build. Card is equal to an R9 380 and about 6% more powerful than an R9 280. Only uses about 200 watts under load.
Crossfire and Direct X 12 support.
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Looks like a decent card and solid performance/price ratio.

According to Tom's GPU heirarchy [tomshardware.com], this is one tier BELOW a 380, similar to a GTX 960.

As always, real world use varies blah blah. Not crapping on this deal because I'm highly considering it, just adding some info.
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Quote from Nine.7.Three View Post :
Looks like a decent card and solid performance/price ratio.

According to Tom's GPU heirarchy [tomshardware.com], this is one tier BELOW a 380, similar to a GTX 960.

As always, real world use varies blah blah. Not crapping on this deal because I'm highly considering it, just adding some info.
Yeah, it's a bit of a weird card. From what I have read on Tom's forums it is essentially an underclocked 380. GPU Boss [gpuboss.com] calls it even with the 380. I think the 2 gig vram probably keeps it from being top notch, but should be close to a current gen mid-range card. I just pulled the trigger on one.
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Pretty sweet card for the price.

200w at load though is fairly high. I want to say the nvidia competition only draws around 120-130w (950/960).
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Here's a fun little comparison test: http://www.techpowerup.com/review...ion/6.html. It seems to be a pretty solid performer.
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Here's a fun little comparison test: http://www.techpowerup.com/review...ion/6.html. It seems to be a pretty solid performer.
Nice. This is right on par with the 960 and about $30-50 cheaper.
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Nice. This is right on par with the 960 and about $30-50 cheaper.
Currently the Asus Strix 960 is $133 and the R9 380 is $126 at Jet.com. Threads are posted on SD.
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Currently the Asus Strix 960 is $133 and the R9 380 is $126 at Jet.com. Threads are posted on SD.
The 960 requires that you have never shopped at jet before as well as defering return, etc. Yes its the same price if you fit the criteria, but if not its about $30 or so more.
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Pretty sweet card for the price.

200w at load though is fairly high. I want to say the nvidia competition only draws around 120-130w (950/960).
This is a step above the 960, probably closer to a 970 (which is still more efficient, but look how much they cost too).

Edit: Another thing to consider too is that AMD cards typically OC very well. Maybe able to get this card very close to 970 performance as long as 2 gb of vram isn't going to hold you back.
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This is a step above the 960, probably closer to a 970 (which is still more efficient, but look how much they cost too).

Edit: Another thing to consider too is that AMD cards typically OC very well. Maybe able to get this card very close to 970 performance as long as 2 gb of vram isn't going to hold you back.
Benchmarks show it lower than the 960 though... AMD Cards do overclock very well as you mentioned though, so there is always that. Nvidia cards are just so expensive, but they do have the formula for low power and good performance down pat. Nvidia is more like a turbo car vs AMD being a v8 hotrod. Both give great performance, but do so differently.
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I have a r9 285, you can't beat it in its price range
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This is a step above the 960, probably closer to a 970 (which is still more efficient, but look how much they cost too).
If it is better than a 960 it would only be a tiny bit. A GTX 970 is 50% faster. Not close.

https://www.techpowerup.com/revie...OC/27.html
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This is the performance summary of the latest GPU review from TechPowerUp (Oct. 27th). While the review is for a MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning, the summary also contains the 2GB versions of the GTX 960, R9 285, and R9 380:

https://www.techpowerup.com/revie...ng/23.html

On average they are all pretty close together at all resolutions.
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Also despite being a 200 series something to keep in mind this is a Tonga GPU. if you clocked it to 380 speeds it would perform just as well.
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If it is better than a 960 it would only be a tiny bit. A GTX 970 is 50% faster. Not close.

https://www.techpowerup.com/revie...OC/27.html
And I have a last gen AMD card with a 50% OC in one of my systems. I'm not saying you'll get that high with this card, but you get a very good bang for your buck here. Seems like a much better bargain than the nvidia cards out now.
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